• World Library and Information Congress: 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Session 138: Marrakesh Treaty in force: The Role of libraries.
  1. Victoria Owen, The Right Guide: Making Marrakesh Come to Life
  2. Hiroshi Kawamura, Impact of the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty on International Cooperation for Library Services to Persons with Print Disabilities
  3. Anthea Taylor, ABC and Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty
  4. Dipendra Manocha, Building Capacity for Marrakesh Treaty Readiness
  5. David Ramírez-Ordóñez, The Marrakesh Treaty and Stories of librarians in Latin America
  1. Welcome by Geert Ruebens, director of Luisterpuntbibliotheek
  2. Introductory presentation by chair of the day Saskia Boets, operational manager of Luisterpuntbibliotheek
  3. Alice (16) is deaf: Presentation by Kristina Passad (Librarian and the Head of Unit for Acquisition, Swedish Agency for Accessible Media – MTM, Sweden). Presentation by Richard Orme (Chief Executive Officer, DAISY Consortium, UK)
  4. Nancy (60) suffers from dementia: Presentation by Liesbeth Vercammen, staff member at Zorgbib, where she started a specialized collection for the elderly and people with dementia (Zorgbib Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, Belgium)
  5. Rafiq (30) and his son Issam (6) are new in the country: Presentation by Stijn Callewaert, Netwerk Brusselse bibliotheken (Brussels Public Library Network).
  6. Lucas (10) has dyslexia, Maddy (78) has a deteriorating eyesight, Bart (42) is blind …Saskia Boets draws conclusions from the presentations and reflects on the necessity of specific guidelines for library services.
  7. Library services for persons with print disabilities: do we welcome Alice, Nancy, Rafiq and Issam, … ? A personal reflection by Richard Orme (Chief Executive Officer, DAISY Consortium, UK)
  8. Accessibility Guidelines for Public Libraries in Finland: Presentation by Kirsi Ylänne, Chair LPD, Accessibility Specialist Celia, Finland
  9. The new European Accessibility Act: Presentation by Alejandro Moledo, New Technologies and Innovation officer, the European Disability Forum (EDF)
  10. The Marrakesh Treaty Guide for Public Libraries: Presentation by Anthea Taylor, Manager Accessible Information Library Services, Vision Australia
  11. News from LPD and closing word by Chair Kirsi Ylänne
  12. Closing Session: Presentation on 10 years of Luisterpuntbibliotheek by Geert Ruebens, director of Luisterpunt


  • World Library and Information Congress: 83th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Wroclaw, Poland.
    Session 096: Marrakesh – The Road to Implementation. Papers presented:
  1. The Road to Ratification: Experiences in Developing and Transition Countries. Teresa Hackett (EIFL – Electronic Information for Libraries, Lithuania)
  2. The Marrakesh Treaty for Visually Impaired People: A Focus on (Public) Libraries in Europe. Vincent Bonnet (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Association (EBLIDA), Netherlands)
  3. From Marrakesh to Murrumburrah: The Australian Journey to Implement the Marrakesh Treaty. Anthea Taylor (Vision Australia, Australia), Jessica Coates (Australian Libraries Copyright Committee and Australian Library and Information Association, Australia)
  4. Creating a Model for Advocacy Towards Ratification: A Developing Country Example. Karen Keninger (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, United States), Yasmine Youssef (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt)





  • World Library and Information Congress: 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Singapore. Theme: “Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities”
  • LPD Standing Committee meetings: Saturday 17 August, 9:45 – 12.15 and Tuesday 20 August, 16:45 – 18:15.
  • LPD Session program on Saturday 20 August 11:45 – 13:45: “Search, find and read: three steps to access; what has the future library to offer the print disabled? — Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities”

Congress track 4: Tools and techniques

  • The WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired; Francisco Martinez Calvo, ONCE, Spain
  • Mainstreaming of accessible digital library network – impact of EPUB3; Hiroshi Kawamura, Assistive Technology Development Organization, Japan
  • Challenges and road map of solutions for accessible books in India; Dipendra Manocha, DAISY Consortium, India
  • Talking books and reading children: children describing their use of talking books; Bitte Kronkvist, Swedish Agency for Accessible Media
  • News flash! Read all about it: who can? We can now! Michael Simpson, Vision Australia
  • Mobile solutions for accessible teading; the Dutch approach; Menno Stein, Stichting Aangepast Lezen, The Netherlands





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